New Blue Cat Record Hits the Georgia State Books

110-pound catfish puts an angler in the books but under scrutiny.

New Blue Cat Record Hits the Georgia State Books

Photo from Georgia DNR.

Tim Trone, of Havana, Florida hooked and landed the fish of a lifetime last week on Georgia’s Chattahoochee River, a blue catfish measuring nearly 5-feet long and 4-feet in girth. 

The river monster pushed the scales to an official weight of 110.64 pounds, crushing the previous state record by 17 pounds. “Congrats to you Tim, that is a whopper of a tale to tell,” Georgia DNR said in a statement. 

Not everyone is so quick to congratulate Trone on his record catch because unfortunately, between the time to the catch and when it was officially weighed by the DNR, the fish died. Trone made his best attempts to keep it alive and hoped to release the old warrior after getting an accurate weight. “I never keep blue cat, I always cut them loose,” Trone says. “This fish went from wide open to just nothing. I babied this fish; can’t describe how I feel. Depressing for sure.”

People online were quick to judge, and some blamed the death on mishandling or waiting too long to weigh it in. Along with the negative judgment, Trone also received praise and support from others for his efforts and intent to release the fish. 

Regardless, the Georgia DNR says the record is official and they will be working on aging the fish.

Photo from Georgia DNR.
Photo from Georgia DNR.


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